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Fire and Ice January 2015 Winter Camping

January is not normally a month to go camping but the cold, snow or mud didn’t stop a group of intrepid Scouts from Newmarket enjoy an activity fun packed weekends camp at Tolmers Scout Activity Centre. The Fire and Ice Camp took place over the weekend of 16th to 18th January in Hertfordshire at the 100 acre site.


This annual event often offers an extra challenge of the weather, and this year it included all four seasons from snow to sunshine at Tolmers. As it played host to over 1,300 Scouts, who were there for a great everyday adventure supported by a team of volunteers helping put on the activities for all the Scouts and Explorers camping.

Scout Leader Zac Paines said “our Newmarket Explorers tried just about every activity that was on offer from archery to the zip lines to pedal karts and the hardest one camping in Snow and mud while at the Tolmers Fire and Ice Camp”
“One of our Explorers has autism and this did not stop him having the best fun of all trying everything he could. He is looking forward to our summer camps when hopefully the mud will be less, like he said to me Scouting is for all.”

Chief Scout Bear Grylls, said "Winter Camp provides a whole new adventure experience for young people in Scouting. The challenge is all about empowering Scouts with the skills to survive challenging conditions and how to keep warm and comfortable in their tents. It's great to see so many young people enjoying such a wide range of activities, from climbing, abseiling and high ropes. I’m super proud of their enthusiasm and spirit of adventure and not just over one weekend but over many in January"

The Tolmers camp attracts over 1,300 participants add that to the 5,000 who attend the Gilwell Winter Camp and 3,000 who make it to Hawkhirst. Thus proving Scouting is for all and we all like camping despite the freezing conditions. None of the everyday adventure that Scouting provides young people across Cambridgeshire and beyond would not be possible without adult volunteers like Zac.